BOSTON – New federal data show that per-person consumer spending in Massachusetts was the highest of any state in 2012 as the economy continued to rebound from the Great Recession that ended five years ago.
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Massachusetts' consumer spending rose 12 percent to about $47,300 a person from 2009 to 2012. Only Washington, D.C., had a higher average in 2012 — $59,400. The Bay State's increase beat the national per-person spending increase of 10.7 percent from 2009 to 2012.
Massachusetts residents also spent more per-person on health care — about $8,800 — in 2012 than residents of any other state.
Massachusetts' per-person spending total also included $8,500 for housing and utilities and $1,350 for gasoline and other energy goods.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday released state-by-state estimates on consumer spending.